Israeli warplanes pound southern Lebanon, as IDF vows to ‘continue & intensify’ retaliation to rocket fire (VIDEO)

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched a series of airstrikes on Lebanese territory, calling them retaliation for cross-border rocket attacks after earlier firing scores of artillery rounds in response.

The IDF confirmed the strikes early on Thursday morning, saying the overnight sorties targeted “infrastructure used for terrorism” and rocket sites, vowing to “continue and even intensify” its operations in Lebanon.

Video footage has circulated online purporting to show the IDF strikes in progress.

Earlier, the military said three rockets fired from Lebanon landed near Kiryat Shmona, a border town far in Israel’s north. While one munition exploded before reaching the Israeli side of the border, another ignited a fire near residential buildings in the town, according to Haaretz. No casualties were reported.

Thursday’s airstrikes mark the IDF’s fourth round of operations in southern Lebanon over the last 24 hours, according to the Jerusalem Post, which reported that “over 100” artillery shells were fired into the country in response. The military released footage of the earlier shelling.


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